Of Counsel

Stephen M. Margolin

Stephen M. Margolin
Practice Areas

Corporate Transactions & Business Law
Estate Planning & Asset Protection
Tax & Employee Benefits

Education

The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (1964)

University of Illinois, B.S. (1957)

Bar & Court Admissions

Illinois (1964)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1964)

Wisconsin (1996)

Stephen Margolin is in an Of Counsel position with Chuhak & Tecson whose business straddles three areas of law—estate planning, employee benefits and corporate transactions.

He represents family-owned and closely held companies and has extensive experience in multiple generational trust work, sophisticated estate plans, GRATs, QPRTs, charitable trusts, private foundations and family limited partnerships.

Steve's office has IRS-qualified over 500 employee benefit plans, including profit-sharing plans, 401(k)s, defined-benefit plans, money-purchase pension plans, ESOPs and cafeteria plans.

In two different rating services, Steve has been selected by his peers to be among the top five percent of lawyers in Illinois—making him a Leading Lawyer every year since 2004, in addition to being named a 2008 Super Lawyer. He is rated AV, the highest ranking by Martindale-Hubbell, one of the oldest and best-known catalogs of lawyers in the United States, and he is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America.

Steve has written over 30 articles and has lectured throughout the country on topics such as sophisticated wealth transfer/estate planning, asset protection planning, taxation and pension planning. He is currently at work on his next article.

Steve’s experience as a former field agent, instructor and lecturer on advanced tax theory for the Internal Revenue Service gives him a perspective that uniquely qualifies him to counsel clients on tax matters.

Additionally, he often serves as a favored witness in life insurance settlement cases.